How is A summer camp a "liberation?"

People often assume that change is incredibly difficult. But we are hoping that all the participants grow, without realizing, at their own pace. When they do realize how much they have changed, they are liberated from that initial assumption.


TOKIHA Camps are spaces of self-discovery where people reflect on their past experiences, perspectives, and even identities. A week-long program in an enclosed environment creates an opportunity for 40 campers and 10 counselors to share new ideas, to rethink the surrounding norms, and to enliven this once-in-a-lifetime summer camp.

Along the way, we inspire the high school students, known as “campers,” to step out of their comfort zones, to spark their motivation to chase a dream, and to grasp a little bit of courage even for something as seemingly simple as asking a question. We aim to empower them to express themselves and their ideas in ways that traditional systems do not allow.

For college students, known as “counselors,” this is a chance to exercise their potentials as educators, mentors, and peers in a unique, two-way learning experience. Every year we repurpose the camp from ground-up, and together create a deck of original workshops. These interactive workshops encompass many different perspectives and fields of interest, leaving rewarding experiences to themselves and enjoyable takeaways for participants.

The camps, which are entirely run in English, are conducted by counselors who keep a close-knit "family" of 8 campers per 2 counselors. These families engage in team bonding activities and then join back together as a group to participate in workshops, guest speaker presentations, and valuable moments during campfires, night walks, and free interactions.

2019 Camp

will be in Mito and Tsukuba cities, Ibaraki Prefecture

60 campers and 10 counselors

We will invite 60 campers and 10 counselors from the pool of applicants to attend the TOKIHA Summer Camp 2019. TOKIHA is planning to expand so that we can accommodate more people, more dialogues, more liberating moments!


Camp Location

The campsites, located in the vast outskirts of the city on the Kanto Plain, provides the space of reflection and possibility. TOKIHA Summer Camp 2019 will be held at the Mito-shi Shōnenshizen no Ie (Mito City Shonen Nature House).


2019 Counselors